Engineers are still in high demand in the US. During October, there were 274,000 jobs available for engineering professionals, a 1% increase from last October. Today, we wanted to look at the skills that are in high-demand for Engineers and the difficulty to find candidates with those requirements. Here are the 15 skills that are most commonly specified in online job ads:
- Computer aided design (CAD)
- Autodesk AutoCAD
- Quality assurance (QA)
- Technical support
- Six Sigma
- Product design
- Quality control
- Quality systems
- Lean manufacturing
- Process controls
- Medical devices
- SolidWorks CAD
- Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA)
- The MathWorks MATLAB
Of the skills listed above, 3 scored the highest on our Hiring Scale. The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 representing the most difficult-to-fill conditions. On average, engineering jobs in the US score a 54. Quality systems, lean manufacturing, and failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) scored a 74. These 3 skills are likely to be harder to fill than the other skills.
Hiring Scale for Engineers with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Skills
The skill that is the least difficult to fill of the above is The MathWorks MATLAB, which scores a 48 on the Hiring Scale. Despite being in high demand, our candidate supply estimates there are about 38,000 engineers currently in the workforce that have this skill. Recruiters are likely to have a large enough candidate pool across the US to fill national demand.
Hiring Scale for Engineers with MathWorks MATLAB skills
By looking at the Hiring Scales for various skills associated with a job, you can easily see which are the easiest and hardest to find. From this, Recruiters and Hiring Managers can discuss whether they will recruit a candidate with a hard-to-find skill, or fill a job faster by finding a candidate with related skills and offer on-the-job training.
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